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

 

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.

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

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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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!

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