Tonight Rialto’s Budget Advisory Groups Looks To Make A Very Important Recommendation To City Council

One of the major issues hanging over Rialto’s future is the Utility Users Tax (UUT). Since 2003 the UUT has provided additional money to the cities finances and allowed Rialto to maintain growth and remain solvent unlike neighbors like San Bernardino and Colton.

The budget finance committee was formed via a action from city council. Each elected member of the council and mayor picked two people to represent the city as solutions were looked into on how to deal with budget problems that seemed to have been hidden from public view, a consequence of not controlling our elected officials and the old game of kicking the unpopular decisions down the road.

The budget finance committee has one 2 hour meeting to send a recommendation to city council on what the committee thinks needs to be done in regards to the UUT. The scary part is that there seems to be no consensus on where to go from here. Add to that our state legislators are burying the fine people of California in tax after tax nobody is in the mood for more taxes.

The only problem is are you ready for Rialto to become as unsafe as San Bernardino? Rialto is able to boast that you are more likely to survive a cardiac event if you live in Rialto than anywhere else in the Nation because of the technology existing in Rialto Ambulences. Rialto was the 1st department in California to go full body worn cameras.

Here is what Rialto has to look forward to according to data presented to the Budget Committee:

Public Works
Elimination – $1.5 Million
• Personnel – $880K • Approximately 11 positions
• Eliminate OT for Special Projects/Events
• Services & Supplies – $670K • Reduce frequency of street & sidewalk
maintenance
• Reduce weed abatement, graffiti & trash
clean-up
• Reduce park maintenance
• Reduce facilities maintenance to safety and
asset protection
• Reduce fleet maintenance to “run to fail”
approach.

Fire
Elimination – $3.6 Million
• Personnel – $3M • Approximately 23 positions
• One Ambulance, Fire Engine and Station
Unstaffed
• Reduce Administrative Staffing
• Services & Supplies – $600K
• Program Eliminations
• Arson Investigations, SWAT Medic, Explorer
Post
• Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival and Fire
Containment rates will drop
approximately 40%.

Police
Elimination – $5.6 Million
• Personnel – $4.2M
• Approximately 36 positions
• 20 Sworn, 15 Non-Sworn, 10 Part-Time
• Elimination of Programs – $1.4M
• K-9, SWAT, SCAT, Traffic, SRO, Community
Liaison, all Task Force Positions
• Loss of Grants will increase cost of
reductions to City ($950K).
• Outsource Animal Control & Jail services
• Fleet “run as close to fail” approach
• Change from proactive to reactive
enforcement.

These are just the big three and still don’t represent cuts to smaller departments. So the purpose of this article is to ask you. Given this information would you support the UUT again?

San Bernardino Pastor Files a Law Suit Claiming Medical Malpractice.

Bishop Jones a Rialto resident and Pastor in San Bernardino is used to fighting off Satan and praising the Lord but now he is in a battle to be made whole after from what he claims Loma Linda Hospital failed to catch a surgery mistake that led to the loss of Bishop Jones fingers and legs.

Bishop Jones is the father to popular street artist Wet Paint Larry and is the main driving force to bring his son legit. In a conversation we had with Bishop Jones prior to his surgery he spoke about how they worked to show their son how living a life that didn’t break the law (painting on other peoples walls) was the best choice for his life. Bishop Jones told us the key was getting Larry to focus on his talent in painting and less on the skateboarding.

Bishop Jones San Bernardino church is a place for new beginnings, spiritual healing and a safe place during some scary times in San Bernardino right now. We have been inside Bishop Jones church and one thing hit us very hard, when the congregation gets up to give a testimony they aren’t giving thanks for a new car, or a raise at work they are giving thanks for another day alive, lights on and food in the fridge. One testimony that we will never forget is a Father who was thankful that he is able to have his kids with him finally. After fighting with bad landlords and in and out of work he now can provide a safe place to be together as a family. Most of us have never had to worry about this type of stuff. Most of the time were upset that our order was wrong in the drive thru or our trip to the mountains wasn’t as fun as we thought it would be. Bishop Jones and his wife deal with real life situations in others lives and now they seem to be dealing with a major hurdle in their own lives.

Bishop Jones is more than just a spiritual leader for his flock but he is the neighborhood peace keeper as he seeks to create safe places for families to thrive. This time of year especially as Bishop Jones church hosts a Holy Night a safe Halloween Alternative to kids who are living in some very dangerous neighborhoods.

Our prayers go out to the Bishop and his family.

Video via ABC7 News

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Changes coming to Rialto Police Department Leadership

Information sent to us today indicates that changes to the top leadership rolls will be coming to Rialto Police Department.

As of October 1st former Police Chief Mark Kling will come on as a “Consultant” to help transition current Police Chief Deanda into “Retirement”. Police Chief Deanda should be well versed in the retirement process as he regularly tells the story of how he was needed so much in the city of Rialto that he was asked to return to work three times after filing for retirement.

In the communication from City Administrator Mike Story he laid out the struggles a quick departure like this will bring “As the city administrator, I must ensure there is a smooth transition of leadership and place leading up to and after chief Deanda retirement. Ideally, organisations have about 1 year to plan the transition of executive leadership. Chief Deanda will be retiring from public service and three short months on December 28th 2017 there for once Chief Deanda submitted and I accepted his notice of retirement, plans for executive leadership transitioning were set into motion. As an organization, filling the position of a retiring police chief is Paramount to community safety, department operations, and intergovernmental Affairs across departments so there are minimal service interruptions”.

Earlier today the Chief was witnessed briefing his command staff on the coming changes in his Department. Those pictured with the Chief at Mimi’s in North Fontana were Captain Andy Karol, Lt Robert Smith, Lt Dean Hardin and Paul Stella. Staff could overheard the chief talking about the memo from Mike Story and the impending changes.

Nobody will ever know the true story on why we have such a quick departure since past leadership has made sure a replacement was already on the ground before major changes took place. For example:

  • When Chief Kling left he had vetted and prepared Captain Tony Farrar for the promotion.
  • Fire Chief Matt Fratus knew he was not going to work forever so he hired Sean Grayson our current Fire Chief to eventually replace him.
  • When Police Chief Tony Farrar was on his way out he secured the promotion and placement of Chief Deanda.
  • Even City Administrator Mike Story announced months ago of his coming retirement at the end of this year.

So when something is outside the ordinary you have to ask yourself what is the real story? What we do know is that the city has found itself under more legal action brought by staff that claim they were fired, discriminated or retaliated against without merit and some of those cases have began to settle out of court. The latest claim was made know yesterday September 26th 2017 when a $125,000 claim was filed claiming misconduct by a former employee of MHM & Associates.

Answers that will need to be answered are:

  • How much is the city going to pay 2 police chief’s?
  • Will Deanda’s removal begin to bring the lawsuits to a close?
  • How do you attract a quality Police Chief in a Financially Strapped city like Rialto?

There are more questions than answers.

Today we got some of the answers from City Administrator Mike Story who said that Mark Kling will be working on a $15,000 dollar contract for three months to help during this transition. Mark Kling is one of the brighter spots in Rialto Police Department history as he led the Police Department out of the scandals of the past and the poor public trust of the police department. City Administrator Mike Story said that this money came out of the city administration budget already earmarked for consulting.

We will update as more information comes in.

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Police Chief Deanda Named in $110 Thousand Claim against the City of Rialto

There are three people and organizations that keep circulating through the Rialto News cycle (that is if any news outlet covered Rialto). Rialto Police Chief Deanda, Rialto Mayor Robertson and MHM & Associates. As you may already know MHM CEO Luvina Beckley a close personal friend of the Mayors was found to have been Federally Disbarred from working on Federal Grants for the next two years. We found out later that this also puts into jeopardy her ability to work on any State Grants as well. As hard as Mayor Robertson tried to get Luvina Beckley to keep her $100,000 dollar contract to manage the cities Prop 47 grant program in the end the city choose to find another grant program facilitator.

In a claim letter attached to tonight’s city council agenda Rialto Police Chief has put the city in yet another financial loss due to poor decision making and may have bought himself a criminal charge. Here is a short list of the litigation Chief Deanda is responsible for dragging the city into:

 

  • Officer Brayshaw – Discrimination Lawsuit settled out of court amount unknown.
  • K9 Officer Anderson – Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Multi Million Dollar Suit
  • Officer Jones – Wrongful Termination Lawsuit amount unknown.

It seems as though Chief Deanda seems to have forgotten the rules when running a persons name through criminal databases. His running Annette Kelly-Whittle’s name through public databases was only the tip of the iceberg. According to the complaint Chief Deanda was speaking negatively in regards to Mrs Whittle’s employment with MHM and her ability to work on Police grants. According to the complaint Chief Deanda spoke negatively to Mrs Whittle’s Probation Officer, BSS Program director and other people.

In regards to the possibility of criminal charges being filled it is a Misdemeanor to run someone for personal in the way the complaint claims.

This item is hidden inside the consent calendar so lets see if it is pulled for discussion. Sources close to the department have came in with new information on this claim from Mrs Whittle. According to sources close to Rialto Police the information in question came up as Mrs Whittle changed residences and that action alone creates a notification to be sent to Police and probation. What is still unclear is the issue of Police Chief Deanda had issues with Mrs Whittle working on grants for Rialto Police.

Sources close to former Councilman O’Connell said that prior to his passing he was concerned about the way MHM was handling Police Department Grants yet he failed to go into detail over what exactly he was concerned about.

We will update as more information comes in.

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Caught in the Net Play Comes to Rialto

CAUGHT IN THE NET

WRITTEN BY: Ray Cooney

DIRECTED BY: Candy Kane

SHOW DATES: SEPT 9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24, 2017

The sequel to Run for Your Wife finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy & blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family & a boy from the other, have met on the Internet & are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common name, surname and taxi driving dad! Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth.

For tickets go to:
https://mkt.com/rialto-community-players

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Fatal Hit & Run in Rialto on Route 66

On September 22nd the residents living around the area of Cedar and Foothill in Rialto were treated to a lot of sounds that are now all too common in our small bedroom town. Loud police sirens followed by Police Helicopter and then the Fire Engine sirens that almost always follow.

Two women were hit by a driver on Foothill Blvd (Route 66)  in between Linden & Cedar Avenues. One woman was killed and the other is in serious condition in the hospital. The Driver a 38-year-old Rialto man has been arrested in a hit-and-run crash Friday night.

According to Rialto police, two women were crossing Foothill Boulevard, near Cedar Avenue, at about 8:35 p.m. when they were struck by a car traveling east on Foothill. After hitting the pedestrians, the car continued on Foothill before turning south onto Cedar, police said.

Both victims were rushed by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where one of them was pronounced dead. The second remains in grave condition, police said Saturday.

Rialto police located the suspect’s vehicle at a nearby apartment complex. Desmond Ashley was later found in a motel in Fontana. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center on felony hit-and-run charges.

The identities of the victims were not immediately disclosed.

Stay tuned to Rialto Now for more information.

For video go to http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/09/23/rialto-man-arrested-hit-run/

Rialto Community Flooded With Massive Mosquito Infestation

The community of Flores Park had begun to experience a growing problem with bug bites as August started.  Bug bites mostly from mosquito’s were popping up everywhere and residents were concerned about what was causing it. So what did the community do? They reached out to each other the only way we know how through digital media. The source being used most by people looking to find out what is going on around them has become NextDoor. Venture capitalists created the site as a way to give the communities around the nation a safer avenue for communities to hook up digitally when discussing safety and concerns in their community.

Parents of local school Dollahan Elementary thought the problems were just more inactivity on behalf of school officials to keep kids safe at school. Dollahan has and still has a massive problem with a Fire Ant infestation and other bugs that seek out human hosts. Parents have been less than thrilled with the schools response over the years to the problem which is worse this year as Solar Panels are being installed on the kids playground stirring up the problem even more.

Deborah said “I heard the county sprayed the pool land in the storm drain area and we should have relief this week. We’ll see. Also humidity doesn’t help. We don’t even leave our dogs outside much, I don’t want them getting bit and possibly getting heartworm!”

Barbara said “Yes, same here at Larch and Etiwanda. Diligent about checking yard. Husband has gotten bit about 30 times. Wondering if they are in the storm drains! We use Benadryl ointment (clear). It helps for the itch and swelling.”

What the community failed to notice was the massive catch basin that San Bernardino County Flood Control was constructing. The mosquito problem had manifested from the new catch basins that were constructed just west of the intersection of Baseline and Cactus. In a statement from San Bernardino County vector control, vector control had stated that the water had been treated for any potential further mosquito growth. Vector control also said that the adult mosquito has a 10 to 14 day life span so if people it within the affected community needed to be out and about when mosquitoes were active that they were suggested to wear mosquito repellent.

Sam said “Two days ago while I was grilling I got bit literally from head to toe. I’ve lived here since 1988 and never have experienced anything like this. My front porch was infested so I went to Home Depot and got Black flag mosquitoe spray and it seems to be working.”

Some parents with children attending Dollahan Elementary have purchased bug bands for their kids, these bands attach to the child’s wrist and keeps mosquito’s away. The biting is far from over because the water treatment can take 7-10 days to take effect and we still have to wait for the remaining adult mosquito’s to live out their life and die. So if you live in our near the Flores Park Area you may want to try and stay indoors or wear mosquito replant when outside.

Flores Park is the community between Cactus & Ceder and Baseline and Foothill

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